UK distributor Transmedia International Releasing has taken all UK and Ireland rights to Guiseppe Tornatore's The Unknown (La Sconosciuta).

A theatrical release is planned early next year.

Transmedia's Simon Caplan negotiated the deal with Rome-based Adriana Chiesa.

The Unknown won best film at Italy's Donatello Awards and is also the Italian contender for Best Foreign Language Film at the Oscars.

The film noir was shot in the Northern city of Trieste and tells the story of a Moldovan domestic worker Irena (played by newcomer Ksenia Rappoport), who hides a dark secret.